Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (16 - 22 August 2016)
As of 18 August, 10 million people have been affected by prolonged drought in six provinces (Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shanxi, Gansu and Ningxia). Authorities estimate 1.5 million people are in need of immediate assistance, including 691,000 people who lack clean drinking water. The amount of precipitation recorded in Inner Mongolia in 2016 is the second lowest in the last 10 years. Local authorities have allocated 200 million yuan (US$30 million) for the response and deployed 14,000 water tankers to the affected areas. No international assistance has been requested.
10 million people affected
Over the past week, flooding in five provinces (including Beijing, Hebei, Shandong, Liaoning and Heilongjiang) has affected around 78,000 people and caused one death, while some 4,400 people have been temporarily relocated. Heavy rain and flooding also continue to impact Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces in southern China with 121,000 people affected and 4,700 temporarily relocated.
78,000 people affected
A measles outbreak in the Naga Self-Administered Zone has caused 34 deaths, mostly young children, in Lahe and Nanyun townships. Health authorities have established containment zones and initiated an emergency vaccination campaign supported by WHO, UNICEF, the armed forces and other health partners.
34 people dead
Since 18 August, the effect of the southwest monsoon has weakened but continues to bring moderate to heavy rains. Around 1.3 million people have been affected with 91 evacuation centres currently hosting 8,200 people. Nineteen deaths have been confirmed. Seven municipalities in the provinces of Pampanga and Pangasinan have declared a state of calamity. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has augmented the local response and is conducting damage assessments to determine support needed for recovery and rehabilitation.
1.3 million people affected
LAO PDR & THAILAND
Flooding across five provinces (Xayaburi, Luang Prabang, Ouxomxay, Houaphanh and Bokeo) in Lao PDR has affected at least 5,000 people with one death reported in Luang Prabang as of 17 August. The Xayaburi District Disaster Prevention and Control Committee has distributed rice and drinking water and provided mobile health services.
The residual effects of Tropical Storm Dianmu also brought heavy rainfall to the northeast provinces of Thailand, causing the Mekong River to overflow and triggering flash floods. Four deaths were reported in provinces of Nan, Mae Hong Son and Phayao (Thailand).
5 people dead
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